SF Gov InAction: Peskin Settles Score with Alioto-Pier

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By Benjamin Wachs

There is one meeting happening this week. On Tuesday, at 10 a.m., the Rules Committee (which, at this point, is Chris Daly and Bevan Dufty) will be getting together to discuss proposed appointments to the Historical Preservation Commission and the Small Business Commission.

They'll also discuss a measure to keep the current taxi fares and "gate cap" fee and scrap a scheduled increase in both. I have to admit, I didn't see this coming.

It's proposed by Daly and Aaron Peskin, and one of two things is happening here.

This could be a principled stand against what could very well be price gouging by the taxi companies. The gate fee increase has variously been justified as an environmental measure, a way to pay for driver health care, and a desperately needed infusion of capital into businesses whose costs have skyrocketed over the past few years - and too many justifications for a law suggests that none of them are true.

Alternatively, they could just want to end the year kicking Michela Alioto-Pier, who has been pushing for the gate fare increase all year.

Or both.

Good luck with that, and happy New Year.


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